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Hillary and Barack's Tussle Over the Cuba Question [Steve Clemons] — US-Cuba relations are not high on the roster of priorities for many Americans, and yet small moves in the terms of that relationship could have enormous political consequences. Recently, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama did battle over what their policies would be towards Cuba if elected President.

An Excerpt From Being Nixon: A Man Divided — The 37th U.S. president is primarily remembered today as the brooding, vengeful, and almost cartoonish figure. But the reality of his life is far more layered than its caricature. Egged on by his aides, he liked to play the tough guy. "God, I hate spending time with intellectuals," he once said.

50 politicos to watch: Top tweeters — A Tampa native who attended The George Washington University, Wilson, 47, was a Florida field director for the 1988 presidential campaign of George H.W. Bush, then served as a political appointee in Bush's Defense Department under its secretary, Dick Cheney.

The Wedding Sting — How a police department tried to save a failing Rust Belt town by luring all the local drug dealers to one party There was a drug deal going down that night in rural Michigan. It was September 4, 1990, just after sunset in the town of Owosso, population 16,360.

John Roberts on Campaign-Finance Reform, Williams-Yulee vs. Florida Bar, and Citizens United — The chief justice's bold stance in a judicial-elections caseoffers Congress a chance to curtail fundraising. Roberts's critique is compelling when applied to judges, and even more powerful when applied to Congress.

Supreme Court Weighs the Constitutionality of Lethal Injection — At oral arguments Thursday, the Supreme Court debated whether some means of taking a life are too cruel for the state to employ. Is it constitutional to execute people by burning them at the stake? What if they are anesthetized first? The Supreme Court mulled this macabre question during oral arguments Wednesday in the case Glossip v.

Harry Reid Retires From the Senate — Nobody ever thought Harry Reid would retire, and that includes Harry Reid. Not long ago, when a reporter for CQ Roll Call asked him what might happen when he left office, Reid retorted, "If I drop dead?" He added, "I mean, I will someday. It's just a question of if I do it while I'm here."

Koch Brothers and Criminal Justice Reform — Here is the thing the Koch brothers wish their critics understood: they just want to help people. "Everything we do is designed to help people improve their lives, whether you're talking about our business or our philanthropy," Mark Holden, the senior vice president and general counsel for Koch Industries, told me recently from his office in Wichita, where the multibillion-dollar international manufacturing conglomerate that Charles and David Koch inherited from their father is headquartered.

The Bluest Republican — "Mark Wahlberg is asking me for a pardon?," Charlie Baker said as he folded his lengthy frame into the backseat of a black SUV one evening in December. Until his election as governor of Massachusetts the month before, the only elected office achieved by Baker, a Republican, had been selectman of Swampscott (population 13,800), a position he held for a single term.

The Republican Congress Meets Reality — Republicans promised to do a couple of things right away if given control of Congress. One was to pass a bill to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Another was to open up the Senate processes that they charged the Democrats had bottlenecked during their time in the majority.
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Jul 06, 2015

RT @alexcguillen: So Nevada's senators might be named Heck and Heller? Interesting.

Jul 05, 2015

RT @peterbakernyt: The great David Hoffman @thedeadhandbook previews his gripping new book, "The Billion Dollar Spy," in today's Post.…

Jul 03, 2015

RT @washingtonweek: #FF the reporters joining @GwenIfill tonight: @PeterBakerNYT @JeffZeleny @Mollyesque

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